Exclusion Table

The quarantine periods for infectious diseases is stipulated by the ACT Department of Health. The following is a guide to the time which a child should be away from school. Parents should seek medication advice to confirm an illness and the quarantine period required.


Exclusion time

Chicken Pox

At least 5 days after the first spots appear or when blisters have all crusted.


Until discharge from eyes has ceased.


Up until diarrhoea has stopped.


Until medical officer certifies recovery.

German Measles (Rubella)

Until child has fully recovered, and for at least 4 days after rash appears.

Glandular Fever

Not necessary to keep children home but some children with glandular fever are too sick to attend school.

Hand, Foot and Mouth

Until blisters have dried.

Head lice

Until hair has been treated. Solutions available from ph armacies. Everyone living in the same house (as well as linen etc) should be treated at the same time as the affected person.

Ringworm and Scabies

Until day after fungal treatment has begun.

Hepatitis A

Until child has recovered (usually 7 days from the first signs of jaundice).

Hepatitis B and C

Not necessary to keep the child home.

HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus)

Not necessary to keep the child at home (unless she or he has a secondary infectious disease, such as TB).


Until appropriate treatment has commenced and visible sores are covered.


For 5 days after the appearance of the first symptoms.


For at least 4 days after the appearance of rash.


Until well.


Until well.


Until child has fully recovered and for 9 days after the appearance of swelling.

Scarlet Fever

At least 24 hours after treatment has begun.

Streptococcal Infection

Until day after treatment has commenced and student feels well.

TB (Tuberculosis)

Until student has certified clearance by medical practitioner.

Whooping Cough

Child should be kept home for 5 days from the start of antibiotic treatment; otherwise, keep home for 2 weeks from when “whoop” starts



When staff are concerned about a child’s health parents will be contacted and asked to collect their child or make other arrangements as the school is unable to provide the necessary supervision for such cases at school. In extreme situations we will negotiate the best possible situation with the parents eg take the child to hospital for a second opinion.